The East Lyme Rowing Association holds four recurring fundraisers. Details on each event will be posted on our home page in the weeks leading up to the event.


Our largest and longest running fundraiser is the Fruit Sale. Pezzello Brothers in New London supplies us with oranges, grapefruits, and combination boxes. Fruit can be ordered online or through order forms supplied by ELRA rowers.

Fruit ordering is now closed.  Thank you for your support!

Fruit Pick-up Day: Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 10am - 12pm at the East Lyme High School. 


Our Annual Cookie Sale fundraiser takes place in the East Lyme High School commons in early to mid-December. Pick up a box and choose a selection of delicious homemade cookies; you pay by the pound for the sweets. This year's event is on Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 8:30-11:30am and is held in conjunction with Cocoa with the Clauses, presented by the  ELHS Peers Reaching Out (PRO) club.






In 2020, we launched our Erg Raffle fundraiser and it continues through popular demand! This is your chance to win a brand new Concept 2 Model D erg (rowing machine). An erg is an exceptional piece of exercise equipment to maintain health for rowers and non-rowers alike. Raffle tickets are purchased online for $10 each or 12 tickets for $100.

The erg is shipped directly to the winner, so this is a great fundraiser for supporters from near and far to participate in.

Raffle tickets will be sold until 12:00 noon on Thursday, December 7, 2023.

The drawing will be held on December 7, 2023 at 2:30pm at the East Lyme High School. Video of the drawing will be posted on ELRA Facebook and IG. The winner will be notified by phone.



Snap Raise

Our inaugural Snap Raise fund drive in Spring 2023 was very successful. Through donations from rowers' families, friends, alumni and community supporters, we secured funds to replace our 25 year-old boat trailer. We thank all our donors for their part in helping us reach this incredible achievement.


The East Lyme Rowing Association gratefully accepts monetary donations, which are used for the purchase and maintenance of boats, oars, and training equipment. Your contributions help ensure that this unique and rewarding sport is available in the East Lyme public school system.

Safe, secure credit card donations can be made online through PayPal. We also accept cash and checks, which can be mailed to P.O. Box 36, East Lyme, CT, 06333. Checks should be made out to the East Lyme Rowing Association.

ELRA also accepts donations of boats, rowing machines, and rowing equipment.

Other ways to Support the Team

At each Spring race, we set up a food tent for our rowers to enjoy. We always welcome volunteers to set up the tent, donate food or beverages, and clean up at the end of the race. We also welcome monetary contributions to go toward the purchase of food. Sign Up Genius is used to coordinate shifts, with a link sent via e-mail to crew families ahead of each race.

We welcome volunteers to pitch in and help with a variety of other tasks as well. Some roles include driving launches, officiating at the finish line, and manning the EMT station.

Parents of rowers can host pre-race dinners, assist with the award dinner at the end of the season, or pick up shifts at fundraising events. They can also help promote the sport, share photos for use on our website or in presentations, and share new fundraising ideas.

Our board of directors is open to parents and others who are interested in taking an active role in the organization. New members are voted in every two years for two-year terms.